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>> you cannot see better performances in any movie than in "conviction." thank you very much for joining me tonight. hillary, you have to start shopping for those awards gowns, you're going to need them. >> thanks, lawrence. we really appreciate it. >> thanks for having us on. we really appreciate it. you can have the last word online at our blog, thelastword@msnbc.com. "countdown" is up next. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the plot to buy america. u.s. chamber of commerce job one. it wants the commerce it thinks it's going to buy roll back foreign corrupt practices act. is this working? the chairman of the democratic congressional committee says early voting by democrats is well ahead of where it was in 2006.
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don't tread on me, tread on her. new video of the moments before the assault. does it materially change the story? does it distract from the rand paul campaign county coordinator now pulling a mrs. clarence thomas. >> i would like her to apologize to me, to be honest with you. the fraud of, quote, voter fraud. arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship when you register to vote is struck down by the courts. and, my special comment. in their own words and deeds, what a tea party america would look like, from defunding the enforcement of any supreme court orders with which they agree, to threatening, as christine o'donnell's campaign has now done, to quote, crush and sue this radio station because it videotaped its interview with her and caught her trying to stop the interview. >> criticizing him on running for county executive --
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>> i want to talk about what matters to the delaware voters. >> 32 candidates, one trip backward to 1950 -- or 1890. a special comment. vote backward, vote tea party. all the news and commentary now on "countdown." good evening from new york. this is wednesday, october 27th. six days until the 2010 midterm elections. and while house speaker nancy pelosi said this afternoon the talk of democratic defeat is a tactic to discourage democrats from voting, predicting a fight to the finish and touting hispanic turnout up by 15% from the last midterms. in our fifth story tonight, the rallying cry comes on the heels of new reports detailing just who would be in charge if republicans did, in fact, control one or both houses of congress next year, and who would control the republicans who control congress. the house of representatives seen as the better bet to change hands on a tide of right-wing outrage against spending.
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so who would run the appropriations committee? the ranking committee congressman is jerry lewis, notorious for earmarks. and according to the public campaign action fund twb recipient of more than $888,000 from lobbyists. camp would run ways and means. having injected more than $3 million into his coffers. spencer bachus, air presumptive at the financial services committee has securities and investment companies to thank for more than $1 million. howard buck mckeon would head up arms services, military contractors having armed him with a career total of $842,000 in the 2008 election alone. they only gave him $86,000 according to "the new york times." but this time with the chairmanship in the crosshairs, they've shelled out nearly $400,000. an unnamed lobbyist who knows mckeon, telling "the times," quote, business should be very good. congressman doc hastings opposed new safety procedures for offshore drilling after deepwater horizon. this year the wannabe chairman of the natural resources committee gets $70,000 pumped in from oil and gas. and the rich people who run these industries are not nearly
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donating to campaigns. congressman doc hastings opposed new safety procedures for offshore drilling after deepwater horizon. this year the wannabe chairman of the natural resources committee gets $70,000 pumped in from oil and gas. and the rich people who run these industries are not nearly donating to campaigns. they are also funding anonymous ads against democrats to ensure that the republicans they're backing will be running those committees. nor, it would seem, are they overly concerned about whether or not those ads are cue. cq politics reporting that two ads paid for with money paid for have been pulled from the air. this one yanked by a fox affiliate in connecticut, for its lie that health care reform meant, quote, jail time for anyone without coverage. another pulled from the air by nbc's affiliate in denver for claiming this -- >> viagra for rapists? with my tax dollars? and congressman pearlnoter voted for it. >> no, no he didn't. of course, the candidates would not be the only new republicans in candidate.
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they would have to hire people do the nuts and bolts of making washington run. so who will run the offices of all the new anti-washington tea-flavored outsiders? insiders, lobbyists. cq politics again reporting that speaker wan in nabe john boehner and cantor have already drawn up a list to run the offices of new house republicans as their chiefs of staff. including current and former capitol hill staffers and lobbyists. cantor saying it's important that newly elected republicans have access to experienced, competent staff, so that they can hit the ground running. an unnamed republican lobbyist putting it this way. you want to be sure that the newbies when they hit town do not necessarily bring their campaign staff to run their congressional offices. why not? perhaps because repealing health care and extending tax cuts are not the only things on the agenda for the rich people who pay those lobbyists. the chamber of commerce, the u.s. chamber of commerce, the biggest secret right-wing ad buy we are, today released a report calling for weakening the fcpa.
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what the hell's that? the foreign corrupt practices act, which punishes american businesses for bribing officials overseas. "unfortunately for the business community, an active fcpa enforcement environment appears likely to continue." the chamber wants to make it easier for american companies to do business with corrupt officials, even, "in countries where many companies are state owned, eg, china." even despite alleged hostility toward referencing foreign laws, pushing british and italian laws as models for america's on this topic. such improvements, the report says, are best suited for congressional action. let's turn to nick nigh hart, executive director of the public campaign action fund. thank you for your time tonight, mr. mr. nyheart. why'd you release this?
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>> well, most americans want a government that's of, for, and by the people, and we may be about to get a government that's of the special interests. if you have an elections paid for by special interests, that's what you're going to see when the legislations come out, and we wanted to point that out. >> how different is this from other years or from the democrats? the answer to this would be, this always happens, right? >> well, to be sure, it's a bipartisan problem. but there is more money this year than we have ever seen before. house races are going to go way over $1 billion, senate and house together, over $2 billion. that's an awful lot of money and i think it's important to look at what the people want in return. >> the premise of this tea party campaign is opposition to big spending. how much of their influence do you see in assessing whether a republican congress would be any different at all from the ones that sank this country into debt. >> well, voters in 2006 voted for change, in 2008, they voted
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for change, and i think we're about to see voters asking for change again in 2010. but if you don't change who's funding the elections, if you rely on big money interests to pay for campaigns, you're going to see business as usual in washington. so i think many tea party people are going to be very disappointed, and you just pointed out yourself, that maybe the new head of the appropriations committee, which hands out earmarks, has taken hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars, nearly $900,000, from d.c. lobbyists. so do you really expect things to change when you have this kind of funding of elections? >> i mentioned the u.s. chamber of commerce and this call on the new congress to make it easier for rich americans to bribe officials overseas and then get away with it if they're caught, which seems to sort of represent part of the american spirit, in a bizarre way. what else is on the agenda, and not necessarily on the media radar, to this point?
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>> one interesting thing is the chamber is running ads in nine states that go after democrats for, quote, being job killers. and at the same time in those states, companies there have outsourced $1.4 million jobs in these nine states. and the chamber itself has said that it wants to -- that its political goal is to make it easier for chamber policies to pass in congress. and the chamber wants to make it easier to outsource jobs. so there's a lot of double talk, and i think media spotlight on some of that chamber hypocrisy would be good. >> to your knowledge, do any of the tea party people know about any of the things that you've released? >> well, i think they're seeing some of it and i think there is worry that -- we know they're uncomfortable with the big money funding, but i think right now there is no choice among candidates. there is big money out there and there is no way for candidates to avoid it. congress could pass campaign finance reforms that would change that, and they've come
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close to doing it in this past session, at least in the house with the fair elections now act, and we know tea party people support that kind of change in who funds politics. but we'll see. again, business as usual must be and more of it than ever before probably means less change in washington, not more. >> nick nyhart, tremendously informative, great thanks for your time. the new video evidence from the rand paul campaign head stomping in kentucky and the new demand of an apology -- from the head stomper.
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in video of her provides new insight, but not necessarily new justification for the head stomping by the rand paul campaign coordinate perp the stomper, meanwhile, as insisted she owes him an apology. no, seriously. voters behind bars. republicans ready ads and election day ballot security teams to intimidate voters and vote backward, vote tea party. my special comment, ahead
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after he violently attacked and stomped on a movion.org supporter's head, a former supporter for the rand paul campaign, tim profitt, takes a page out of the ginnie thomas playbook. blames the victim and now mr. profitt wants lauren valle consider apologizing to him. but speaking with wkyt in lexington, kentucky, profitt says he doesn't believe his actions were that big a deal, even though, he refused to show his face on camera. >> i would look for her to apologize to me, to be honest
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with you. >> profitt, shown here with his face somewhat exposed, explaining that miss valle was a professional and initiated the the whole thing. and if his actions seemed extreme, it was, quote, due to his medical condition. >> i put my foot on her and i did push her down, at the very end, and i told her to stay down. i actually put my foot on her, to -- i couldn't bend over, because i have issues with my back. >> -- your issues are. the victim, lauren valle, appeared on this show last night and said her objective was to have rand paul see a sign she had brought. here's part of her account. >> as rand's car pulls up, they step in front of me and start to block me, and so i stepped off the curb to try and get around them, and at that point, they pursued me, around the car, chased me around the car and, what you see in the video is
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when i'm in the front of the car, and that's when i'm pulled down. >> as you are about to see, miss valle was truthful in her description of what happened. what she failed to mention, in a sense, she did achieve her objective, that she described. newly released video we did not have access to last night shows miss valle approaching mr. paul's car with her sign. she was then held back, before heading to the front of the car. >> rand paul! rand paul! rand paul! rand paul! rand paul! rand paul! rand paul! rand paul! >> after that, miss valle was dragged to the ground and
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stomped on the head. after any possible mistake of a threat had been avoided. moveon.com made no secret of the fact that she was trying to get a picture with rand paul and her satirical sign at the event. if the candidate or any of his supporters felt threatened by a girl with a poster, once they pulled her away from the car, the threat had passed. nothing justifies the violence of her head being stomped on the curb once she was on the ground. this is nothing less than the men involved trying to justify an obvious assault once they had been exposed. joining us now, democratic strategist, chris kofinis. chris, good evening. >> good evening. >> the right through fox news and other outlets of that sort used that new video and said, essentially, see, she didn't tell the whole story. does that tactic work in that case? does that new video change the story in any way?
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>> it doesn't change it one iota. maybe i'm old fashioned, but this was a gross overreaction, even if you could tolerate the notion that somehow they were concerned about paul's security, then you could have easily held her back. but this was aggressive, it was over the top, and it was violent. and that, you know, paul's campaign hasn't gone further in terms of apologizing more than he has, i find you know disturbing, and i think this is going to be a problem for this campaign over the remaining days. >> if she were a serious threat at any point in the other video, as the car comes out, the actual security people either wouldn't let the car stop, it would have the car keep going, until they knew where she was or they would have gotten her out of the way, in some way. and clearly, they didn't think she was any kind of threat, because they just let her go.
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but the story itself and the politics of this, does it have the proverbial legs? or are rand paul's people happy with that imagery of boot heel on head? >> it could. these kind of events that happen during the last days of an election can have dramatic effects. in the case of the kentucky race, i mean, you had a tight race that i think then moved towards paul's favor when the aqua buddha ad that seemed to hurt conway. you i think this particular event and particular action and the coverage that it's getting, i can only imagine the coverage it's getting in the state of kentucky. i think it has a chance to effect the outcome. in particular, if you look at the recent polling that came out today, you know, amongst registered voters, it's basically a statistical tie. amongst likely voters, paul has about a seven-point lead. but i think in terms of two critical groups, women and undecided, this could have an impact. it really kind of depends on the
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dynamics over the last few days, but it's a tough state, conservative state, and a tough state for conway, but it could have an impact. >> the symbolism there, mr. profitt, who's asking for an apology, would not allow his face to be shown during the interview, even though his picture is everywhere on the internet with rand paul. we'll see this later on in the special comment, this video of christine o'donnell trying to get a videotape of a radio interview she did, destroyed because she couldn't control it and there's a gesture she makes during it. sharron angle just said again, she's not going to do any interviews. does this raise any alarms with unenthusiastic democrats or with independents that, hey -- the hey, wait a minute, moment, that these people are afraid to face questions or defend their positions with facts, or will only do so if their backs are turned to the camera? >> well, if it doesn't, i'm not sure what could. i mean, we've had a lot of "hey, wait a minutes" in this election. these are, and i've said this before, some of the most extreme, radical candidates running on the republican tickets across the country that i've seen in my life, that i think most of us have seen in our life. some of these candidates, if
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they win, are going to take this country in a radical, i would argue, potentially dangerous -- definitely extreme direction. i think the one thing that is frustrating me and has frustrated me this entire cycle is to be frank about it, i don't think we have done, and the white house has done a good enough job of pointing this out. of painting this narrative, that the choice isn't about republicans and testimonies, it isn't about mainstream americans and republicans, it's about mainstream and extreme. and these are the candidates that could win. and i think it has a chance if you take all of these actions that have been happening over this cycle to motivate and mobilize disaffected -- not only democrats -- but i would say undecided and moderates. i think people have to really think long and hard of how critical this election is. >> mainstream versus extreme, i think you've got something with
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that. got six days, go ahead. democratic strategist, chris kofinis, thank you for that and thanks for your time. >> thanks, keith. mom, i want to drive.
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some of us have seen from we've condensed thing tonight for the sake of a 21-minute-long analysis of the positions and proposals of 32 different tea party candidates, the most backward-looking platform since john dickinson refused to sign the declaration of independence. my special comment, ahead. first, preventing voting by spreading fear of massive,
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quote, voter fraud, unquote. voter fraud, for the total number of convictions during the
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despite the perpetual and aggressive efforts to prove otherwise, voter fraud is a straw man propped up by republicans every election cycle. and this year they are joined in many instances by the tea party. but all you really need to know about so-called anti-voter fraud efforts is that they are anti-voter. and the term "voter integrity" might as well be code for "voter intimidation." at least arizona has once again shown the country how not to do it. now that a three-judge panel has struck down one of arizona's laws, this one required people to show proof of american citizenship. since the voter registration was passed in 2004, few if any illegal aliens tried to vote. but there you have the template. it's all about intimidation of legitimate voters and the
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suppression of votes, except that most anti-voter fraud efforts are even more overtly partisan. in st. paul, minnesota, tea party organizers and related groups announced that they were offering a $500 reward for anyone who turned in a person eventually prosecuted for voter fraud. this according to "the new york times." organizers also announced surveillance squads to videotape so-called irregularities. in milwaukee, there have been protests over this billboard. "we voted illegally," with images of people behind bars. the republican party of wisconsin says it has no idea who put that up. in west virginia, republicans, though, have launched a large scale anti-voter fraud program. "this is strictly our effort," said robert cornelius of the west virginia gop, "and what we have termed our ballot security teams, who are going to be out these counties and have been out
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already." and poll watchers have been standing behind registration tables, which are illegal, and have been taking pictures of the license plates of curbside voters, which is also illegal. in illinois, mark kirk has been criticized for declaring his intent to send voter integrity squads to african-american neighborhoods in chicago, that according to the "washington post." the republican national lawyers' association has been training lawyers for illinois as well as for other states like nevada, according to its chairman, david norcross. mr. norcross has equaled voter fraud, quote, an epidemic. the reality is quite different. during the presidency of geoe during the presidency of george w. bush, whose justice department aggressively pursued so-called voter fraud, only 95 people were ever charged, only 55 convicted. of those 55, fewer than 20 were convicted of casting fraudulent ballots, again, according to "the new york times."
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only five were convicted of registration fraud. but the imagery of veritable armies of ghost voters continues to escalate from the right, with dick armey, one of the founding astroturfers of the tea party, actually suggesting democrats are establishing an edge in early voting due to voter fraud. >> well, no, i'm not surprised. this is an aberration that's born out of the fact that in early voting, there's less ballot security. the democrats are always much more active in the area where is the ballot security is reduced. and you know, if you start focusing on this, it is pinpoints to the major urban areas, the inner city, those areas. >> what we've shown here are illustrative examples, far from analyst of all these practices and many outside groups are devising voter integrity efforts because they come under less legal scrutiny than the actual party of the republican national committee. sound familiar at all? had to rewrite the special comment of christine o'donnell threatened to sue this the delaware radio station for videotaping her interview there.
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and her campaign manager threatened to crush the station. well to the tea party's america, and when rachel joins you at the top of the hour, having crossed joe miller off her bucket list, she's in las vegas, hunting for sharron angle, so be very, very quiet
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no abortions, even for incestuous rape. the unification of church and state, loopholes for corporations, suppression of freedom of the press, the
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elimination of the direct succession of senators, the tea party in its own words, in my special comment, next.
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now, as promised, a special comment on the madness of the tea party and the elections of next tuesday. it is as if a group of moderately talented performers has back walked on stage at a comedy club on improv night. the entertainment of the evening is for each to take their comment and build upon it. the problem is, of course, what it turns out there is no audience shouting out gags, just a cabal of corporations and the u.s. chamber of commerce and political insider blood suckers like karl rove and dick armey and the chicken little chorus of rush limbaugh and glenn beck. and the instructions are to elect a group of unqualified, unstable individuals, who will do what they are told in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get. backward to jim crow or backward to the bread lines of the '30s, or backward to hanging union organizers, or backward to the trusts and the robber barons. the result, the tea party, vote backward, vote tea party.
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and if you are somehow indifferent to what is planned for next tuesday, it is nothing short of an attempted use of democracy to end this democracy. to buy america wholesale and pave over the freedoms and the care we take of one another, which have combined to keep us the envy of the world. you do not think your freedom is at stake next tuesday? the tea party and republican candidate for senator from nevada, sharron angle, just decried divorce and social security as some of this nation's, get, wicked ways. mrs. angle also compared rape to, quoting, lemon in a lemon situation in lemonade. she would deny an abortion even to a teenage girl who had been raped by her own father. the tea party and republican candidate to be the only congressman in delaware, glenn, urk hart said, i know good friends. and he says the separation of church and state was said by hitler. "the next time your liberal
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friends ask you about the separation of church and state, ask them why they are nazis." and richard iott implies he is a veteran, and listed his occupation as soldier, even though the volunteer militia to which he belongs has never been called, will never be called to any active service in the 29 years in which he has belonged to it. mr. i ott now claims mr. boehner is campaigning with him. it's more than just dress-up. they mean business, literally. jon runyan defended corporate tax loopholes. "loopholes are there for a reason. they are to avoid people from really having to pay too many taxes." the tea party and republican candidate for the senate in west virginia, john raese explained, "i made my money the old-faxed way. i inherited it. i think that's a great thing to do.
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i hope nor people in this country have that opportunity as soon as we abolish inheritance tax in this country." the inheritance attacks applies only to estates larger than $3.5 million, with a 99.8% of americans not affected by the estate tax, there's the minimum wage, which mr. raese also wants abolished. whether it's social security, the tea party and republican candidate in the indiana ninth, todd young, who says, social security, as many of you know, is a ponzi chemo. the tea party and republican in the wisconsin eighth, reid ribble disagrees. jason kelly wants to resurrect president bush's scam to transform social security into private investment accounts so the government can force you to spend part of your paycheck on wall street commission and so that market manipulators can wipe out your retirement money. the republican candidate in the wisconsin first, congressman paul ryan has a more sophisticated plan. personal investment social security guaranteed, dollar for dollar, by the government. a fiscal fountain of youth, until you find out its cost. ryan would pay for it by taxing the health insurance you get from your employer. if you are not employed, mrs.
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angle says unemployment benefits cannot be increased or spend expended. because that's caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job. joe miller says this is academic because unemployment insurance is unconstitutional. his own wife received unemployment insurance after losing a temp job he got for her. he also called medicaid unconstitutional. he also claims social security sun constitutional, yet hypocritely says it should still be paid out and then the entire issue dumped into the lapse of the tea party. the republican and tea party candidate for senator in colorado, ken buck, would not stop at butchering just social
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security. "would a veterans administration mopt that is run by the private sector be better run than by the public sector? in my view, yes." the tea party and republican candidate in the pennsylvania fourth, keith rothfus has promised to overturn anything the supreme court decides with which he disagrees. "congress' ultimate weapon is funding. if the supreme court rules you have to do something, we'll just take away the funding for it." back in nevada, mrs. angle decries health care reform, and also health care itself. "everything they want to throw at us, " " she says, "is now covered under autism." and mr. buck of colorado waxes nostalgic. "in the 1950s, we had the best schools in the word and the united states government decided to get more involved in federal education. well, since, we've made education worse. we're going to get even more involved involved." in is the 57, fewer than one in seven black children graduated high school. fewer than half of white children did. to david harmer, mr. buck is a wild-eyed liberal. mr. harmer once advocated eliminating pl public schools altogether and returning education in this country to where it was before 18.
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6r7. "people acting in a free market found a variety of ways to pay for a variety of schools serving a variety of students, all without central command or control." and without girls, blacks, or even the slightest chance you could go to college. the tea party and republican candidate in the virginia 11th, keith filmian is not so sure we need a federal bureaucracy for education. the tea party and republican candidate in the florida second, steve sutherland wants to defund the department of education because we can't afford it. the tea party and republican candidate in the texas 17th, bill flores, offers a trifecta plus a delusion, get rid, he says, of the porn graphic endownment of the arts, department of energy, department of education, and with them, he says, a.c.o.r.n. a.c.o.r.n. which went out of business last april 1th. the tea party and republican candidate in the arizona fifth, david squhooirkt is passionately trying to eliminate the department of education because he says it's unconstitutional. and wile one of the few threads
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uniting the rag amuffins is so-called strict interpretation of that constitution, mr. miller of alaska wants in fact to change the constitution. he wants to repeal the 17th amendment. the tea party and republican candidate for senate from utah, mike lee, called that 17th amendment a mistake. last year mr. buck of colorado said the 17th amendment took us down the wrong path. the 17th amendment, of course, permits the direct election by the voters of u.s. senator. buck and lee and miller not only demand you elect them to the senate now, they then hope to deny you the write to elect somebody else, next time. the ubiquitous mrs. angle, meanwhile, wants to repeal the 16th amendment. it provided for a federal income tax. mrs. angle does not provide how the government would pay for keeping out the mexicans, as she says in her latest commercial. rand paul wants to repeal the 14th amendment, because it allows anyone born here in america to be american.
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he is worried about anchor babies. the republican candidate for the first district of texas, louie gohmert fears not anchor babies, but terror babies, unborn infants brought to this country in the womb, ready for american citizenship and preprogrammed to blow things up 15 or 20 years from now. curiously, mr. gohmert has not been asked if he is in favor of aborting them. the tea party and republican candidate for governor of arizona, jan brewer, sees not terror fetuses, but headless bodies in endless deserts, murdered by immigrants who are nearly all drug mules. the tea party and republican candidate for colorado, dan maes, a bottle program. the tea party and republican candidate for senate from delaware, christine o'donnell, believes she was cleared to read secret classified documents about china because she's been working for nonprofit organizations for the past 15 years.
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she also believes china is plotting to take over the united states and the first evidence of this is that, quote, china is drilling for oil off the coast of florida. this fear of the chinese clearly does not extend, though, to the tea party and republican candidate for senate from illinois, mark kirk. one day, he held a fund-raiser with american businessmen in china. the next day, he voted against closing tax incentives for outsourcing american jobs to places like china. the tea party and republican candidate for senate from wisconsin, ron johnson, is also in favor of relocating employees. he testified against tougheninging laws on pedophiles and employer who is shield them. he argued that this could damage a business, a business like the catholic church. in utah, the anti-bailout senate candidate, mr. lee, insists on not raising the liability limits for the next bp from $75 million to $10 billion. "you have a set of settled expectations that you give to a business when it decides to make
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an investment in this. our country benefits from this type of activity." asked by the salt lake city tribune if that's a kind of bailout if it leafs taxpayers on the hook for part of the damage, lee admitted, well, yeah, probably does. mr. paul of kentucky called nationwide pressure on bp to increase its damage payments un-american. he also opposed a federal mine safety regulations. "the bottom line is, i'm not an expert, so don't give me the power in washington to be making rules. you are here, and you have to work in the mines. you'd try to make good rules to protect your people here. if you don't, i'm thinking that no one will apply for those jobs." will paul's admission that "i'm not an expert" does provide one of the few dove tails of this campaign. it matches nicely with will johnson of wisconsin, who refuses to offer any specifics about his plan to deal with homeless veterans. he says, "this election is not about details." details have proved devilish for the tea party and republican candidate for the second district of virginia, scott rigell. he's an automobile dealer and made hundreds of thousands of
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dollars from the cash for clunkers program. the tea party and republican candidate in the missouri fourth, vicky heartsler say her and her are just small business owners. we just want the government to leave us alone, she said. hartzler and her husband have a farm. in the last 14 years that government they want to leave them alone have given them subsidies totaling $774,000. mr. raese of west virginia told the associated press that america is an industrial coma. he blamed the restricter plate that is the bloated federal government. yang i can't think, he added, of the time the government has helped me. the companies he owns have received $2.4 million in federal contracts from the federal government since 2000 and $32 million in contracts from the state government since 2000. back in colorado, mr. buck apparently thought he was just
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speaking to a campaign workers when he was self-exposed his hypocrisy. in fact, he was talking to a democratic operative with a recorder in his pocket. out of the blue, tea party nominee buck blurted, "will you tell those dumbassse se at the tea party to stop asking me about birth certificates while i'm on the camera? what am i supposed to do?" the tea party and republican candidate for governor of maine, paul lepage, threatened to punch a radio reporter. the tea party and republican candidate for governor of new york, carl paladino, threatened to take out a reporter from the most conservative newspaper in any major american city. a spokesman told the reporter that he was now off the paladino mailing list, which has in the past consisted of e-mails featuring racism, pornography, and bestiality. mr. miller's private security guards in alaska detained and
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handcuffed one reporter and threatened to handcuff two more without any legal right to do so at an event at a public school. the security company was operating with an expired license. its chief has links to extremist organizations pb and the defense was that the guards didn't know the individual was a reporter, which implies it would have been just dandy to handcuff an ordinary citizen. miss o'donnell threatened to sue a delaware radio station if it did not destroy the videotape of her interview there, when she did not like a question, she snapped her fingers at her own press aide, then shoved him. the campaign manager threatened to crush the radio station if it did not comply with them. the tea party and republican candidate for the senate from florida, marco rubio, dreams more of deportation than of crushing. he said in march, "there are millions of people in america that hate our country, so why can't we just do a trade? we'll send you sean penn, janine garofalo, and keith olbermann, and you can send us people that actually love this country." this carries with it a tinge of irony. i don't know that any of his opponents have actually accused mr. rubio of loving this
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country, he just doesn't love a lot of its people. and the person they all love the least is, of course, the president. the tea party and republican candidate for congress from the florida 22nd, allen west, had to leave our military after threatening to kill an iraqi he was interrogating in iraq. now he claims to have a higher security clearance than does the president. mr. west also told his supporters that they could defeat his democratic opponent by making the man afraid to leave his own home. and the tea party and republican candidate for the house, from the michigan seventh, the ex-congressman tim whalberg wants to blackmail the president into showing his birth certificate to rush limbaugh. he figures he can extort this from president obama by threatening to impeach him. you are willing to let these people run this country? this is the america you want?
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this is the america you are willing to permit? these are the kinds of cranks, menaces, mercenaries, and authoritarians you will turn this country over to? if you sit there next tuesday and let this happen, whose fault will that be? not really theirs. they are taught that freedom is to be seized and rationed. they can sleep at night, having advanced themselves and their puppeteers and to hell with everybody else. they see the greatness of america not in its people, but its corporations. they see the success of america not in hard work, but in business swindles. they see the worthiness of america not in its quality of life, but its quality of investing. they see the future of america not in progress, but in revolution to establish a kind of theocracy for white males with dissent caged and individuality sur suppressed. they see america not for what it is or what it can be, they see delusions, specters, fantasies is. they see communists under every bed and a gun in every hand. they see tax breaks for the rich and delayed retirement for everyone else. they fight the redistribution of wealth not because they oppose redistribution, but because they're sole purpose is to protect wealth and keep it where they think it belongs -- in the
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bank accounts of the wealthy. they want to make the world safe for bernie madoff. but you know better. if you sit there next tuesday, if you sit there tomorrow and the rest of this week and you let this cataclysm unfold, you have enabled. it is one thing to be attacked by those who would destroy america from without. it is a worst thing to be attacked by those who would destroy america from within. but it is the worst thing to sit back and let it happen. to not find the time and the means to convince just one other sane voter to put aside the disappointment of the last two years and look to the future and vote, because the disappointment of the last two years, those will be the good old days in a tea party america. this is the weak in which the three card monty dealers hope to take over the government. the candidates who want their own way, who will say anything to make palatable their real identities as agents of regression, repression and
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corporate sovereignty. they are here. they have energized the self-serving and the greedy and the proudly ill-informed. and if no other fact convinces you of your obligation to vote and canvass and phone and even drag to the polls the most disheartened moderate or democrat or liberal or abandoned republican or political neutral to vote for the most tepid of the non-insane candidates. if no other detail hands you that spark of argument with which to invigorate the apathetic, you need only to commit to memory the words of stechb broeden and sharron angle. she can run from reporters, but she cannot run from this quote from january and all of the horror and advection it applies. "thomas jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. i hope that's not where we're going, but you know if congress keeps going the way it is and people are really looking toward those second amendment remedies" sharron angle too subtle for you, second amendment remedies,
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guns stealth instead of elections, too implicit. fortunately to our rescue, from the speeding of the falling of the scale to our eyes, comes the tea party republican nominee, pastor steven broaden, "the option is on the table. i don't think that we should ever remove anything from the table, however, it is not the first option." thank you, the attempt to overthrow the government of the united states by violence is not the tea party's first option! next tuesday is the first option! the words are those of need rick young and harold jacob smith from the screenplay from the movie "inherit the wind." as the attorney for the man on trial for teaching evolution, spencer tracy cuts to the gist. "fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy and needs speeding. and soon, your honor, with banners flying and drums beating, we'll be marching backward, backward through the glorious ages of that 16th century
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